Wireless Illuminated Super Tiny Keyboard for HTPC

Wireless Illuminated Super Tiny Keyboard

The Wireless Illuminated Super Tiny Keyboard can be good Christmas present for all HTPC owners. That 56 keys low keycap notebook keyboard is extremely compact and portable. The illumination feature allows to use it in a low-light environment (when movie is played, for example). That keyboard works on 2.4GHz radio frequency with operation distance in 10 meters. It should be enough even for open air home cinema in your yard.

The Wireless Illuminated Super Tiny Keyboard is available on the USB.BRANDO.COM.HK for $47.00 with free worldwide shipping. So, I’m thinking to buy it as the Christmas present for myself 😉

Second Life of AIWA NSX-430


Recently I found a good example of DIY HTPC. The 9 yeas old music center AIWA NSX-430 was used as a base. All its functions were saved except cassette player (in any case it’s not so important in our digital century). For HTPC are used following parts:

  • Motherboard: Shuttle FN85 with NVIDIA nForce3 Pro 150
  • CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with ZALMAN CNPS7700-AlCu
  • RAM: 2×512 Kingston DDR-533
  • Video: nVidia GeForce 6600 GT AGP
  • HDD: Samsung SATA II HD350HJ – 350GB
  • Optical drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7170S SATA
  • PSU: Shuttle SB75G2, 220 W

Using AUX input sound comes from HTPC to music center speakers. Moreover, it’s possible to use built-in NSX-430 equalizer and DSP.

The article is on Russian. But there is a lot of photos which cover all stages of assembly. As result the old music center can be used as HTPC as well.

Australian Control4 offers XBMC integration


Australian Control4 announced integration with XBMC – open source cross-platform media center software. Using a web interface provided by XBMC Control4 users can control media playback from touchscreen panels, ZigBee remove control and keypads.

You can see that integration after jump.
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Social Media Center Boxee in Action

That short video presentation demonstrates all features of social media center Boxee in action. Enjoy!

XBMC ‘Atlantis’ Beta 1 released


Recently the Beta 1 of Linux-based media center software XBMC was released. Originally created for Microsoft XBox it’s available now for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. There is a possibility to try Atlantis without installation (thanks to LiveCD).

XBMC offers a full set of features for HTPC: organize media library, playback video files, listen music, show photos. Its functionality can be extended using plugins and GUI can be customized using themes. There is an only one missed feature – Personal Video Recorder (PVR). But according to rumors XBMC development team is working to implement it. Definitely it won’t be in this release. Because the final version is scheduled for October right after Ubumtu 8.10.

I played with Boxee – another media center software with social features. XBMC team participates its development. I like Boxee. It’s really good and user friendly. There is only one reason why I don’t use it on my media center – lack of PVR functionality. I’m going to play a bit with Atlantis too.

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